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ElectroFlames Internship

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Positions: Summer Engineering Intern
Location: Stanford, CA
Innovation Area: Generation and Conversion
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500 (paid directly by the TomKat Center)
Internship Term: 8 weeks

Local and national governments across the US and the world are beginning to phase out the use of natural gas, as this energy carrier contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and pollutants indoors. Natural gas is still widely used for heating and cooking, serving approximately 66 million homes and 5 million businesses with a total of 230 million natural gas appliances in use today. ElectroFlames uses a plasma flame that operates only on electricity and atmospheric air to replace natural gas burners. These plasma flames can potentially serve as devices that can be retrofitted in the 230 million existing natural gas appliances. They can also serve as a core technology in the advancement of the electrification of many consumer and commercial appliances.


Lead prototype development of plasma flame device, which includes hardware, electronics, and software engineering.

Design integrated hardware and software systems for launch.

Research plasma physics and develop a working prototype that will go into production.

Who Should Apply

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Works independently and has a passion for science and engineering.
  • Enjoys scientific research and also building cool things!
  • Enjoys working in labs and doing experiments with plasmas.

Required Expertise

  • Experience with CAD / Design (Solidworks, AutoCAD, etc.)
  • Physics/engineering background
  • Programming skills – Python, MATLAB, LabVIEW
  • Ability to write organized documentation
  • Working hands on in the lab and building things, as well as programming and integrating software and hardware

Preferred Skills/Majors

Any STEM Field (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aero/Astro Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computer Science)